February 18, 2021: Answering Christ's Call

By Hilary Wilcox, Sheila Arbury, and vEnessa Acham

In his January 3rd homily, Fr. Martin Smith challenged All Souls to find a particular place where we as a parish could do something active, practical, and real to relieve need in the name of Christ. His words inspired many parishioners, some of whom have now identified such a need, the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys
 
This tuition-free school for children from traditionally underserved communities nurtures the spiritual, intellectual, social-emotional, artistic, and physical development of its students in a Christian community of learners that welcomes boys of all faiths and beliefs. Working in close partnership with students and families, the school strives to create an environment where each boy is challenged to reach his full academic potential and receives the structured support necessary to develop his unique gifts.
 
All Souls has helped this school in the past, and they need our help again. There are 15 families in distress, meaning food insecurity, job loss, and unstable housing situations. We are now collecting Giant gift cards to give to the Bishop Walker School. They prefer the $50 denomination, but if that’s out of your budget, please feel free to buy a Giant gift card in a lower denomination. The cards can be mailed to All Souls Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Avenue, Washington, DC 20008 or you can put one or more Giant gift cards in an envelope marked “Bishop Walker School” and drop it through the mail slot on the office door along Woodley Place.
 
In an earlier homily (December 6), Fr. Martin asked broader questions about All Souls direction including, “Where is Christ wanting to draw us? What does Christ yearn to see and help us to create here? What kind of newness does Christ want to bring us that we haven’t experienced before? What is Christ hoping for us, with us, and among us?” One of the ways we begin to answer these questions is through outreach efforts that cause us to look beyond our own and our parish’s challenges of this past, difficult year. As we think about how we “do church” in 2021, we should consider how our parish goes beyond virtual services, forums, coffee hours, Sunday school, and parish-wide meetings to follow Christ and manifest Christ to our surrounding communities.  
 
The outreach effort to Bishop Walker School represents a relaunching of the Outreach Committee at All Souls.  In the coming weeks, you will see articles in The Weekly that highlight on-going All Souls outreach efforts. We will cover assistance to the Episcopal Church of Cuba, two local refugee families, Samaritan Ministry, and Christ House.  As we now start the season of Lent, how might a greater engagement in one or more of these efforts aid your spiritual journey and help build up the body of Christ at All Souls?  If you would like to learn more about All Souls outreach ministry or if you would like to participate more directly, please reach out to Hilary Wilcox.

Last Published: February 27, 2021 7:05 PM
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